Now that airlines have slowly begun raising the bar on drink menus, it’s beginning to feel more like the old days, when flying was, well, fun. Here, three exceptionally tasty ways to enjoy a long haul.
1. NAPA IN THE CLOUDS
Not in the mood for a white or a red? For its new premium Mint service, JetBlue tapped wine pro Jon Bonné to handpick California wines, including the 2014 Lioco Indica Rosé—a delicate, tart, and refreshing alternative to the usual chard and cab options.
2. HEY, BARTENDER
Nothing against a flight-attendant pour, but behind the horseshoe of Emirates’ first- and business-class Onboard Lounge, real-life bartenders stir Manhattans, fill tumblers with Chivas, and refresh flutes of bubbly. The scene is worth every cent of the upgrade.
3. WHAT A PERK
Before takeoff, Etihad serves passengers tiny cups of Arabic coffee, flavored with rosewater and cardamom, along with sweet dates to chase the bitterness away. Bonus style points for the glossy brass pitcher—called a dallah—they use to pour refills.
For more drinking tips, check out our feature “How to Drink Anywhere in the World” from the May 2015 issue.
Photo courtesy of British Airways Speedbird Centre